Moviemaker Lilly Wachowski made her official public debut as a woman at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (02Apr16).
The 48-year-old The Matrix director, who was born Andrew Wachowski, revealed she was transitioning last month (Mar16), four years after her sister Lana came out as transgender in 2012.
And on Saturday night she received a standing ovation as she took the stage at the prizegiving.
Accepting the Outstanding Drama Series prize for her drama Sense8, Lilly said, "Tonight is a culmination of confluent events for me. This was something that I became aware of shortly after receiving tonight's invitation... Some synchronism of time-space that included the 20-year anniversary of Bound, the 2016 Trans Day of Visibility, and Pi day."
"It's an excellent reminder that art is never static," she added, "and while the ideas of identity and transformation are critical components of our work, the bedrock that all ideas rest upon is love. Love is a crucial thing for transgender people. It's a tether.
"For while our creativity can soar beyond a seemingly immutable biological gender designations, when faced with the rather simple proposition of whether or not we are lovable, our imagination falters. Too many of us end up on the wrong side of the existential question of love in oblivion. And so we ring that bell, not for everyone else's sake, but for our own."
Thanking her family for their support, Wachowski told the members of the audience to "get out there and go love with all of your f**king might!"
Lilly previously revealed she opted to come out as transgender in a statement a month ago after claiming a reporter has threatened to publicly out her.
The statement read: "So yeah, I'm transgender. And yeah, I've transitioned... I'm out to my friends and family. Most people at work know too. Everyone is cool with it. Yes, thanks to my fabulous sister they've done it before, but also because they're fantastic people. Without the love and support of my wife and friends and family I would not be where I am today."
"I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly... I needed some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable. But apparently I don't get to decide this."